In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a few days while we schvitz.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Most Memorable Song Whose Title Includes one of the Five W's They Teach You About in J-School -- Who, What, When, Where or Why!!!!!!
Self-explanatory, obviously, so no arbitrary rules this time.
Okay, here's my top of my head Top Eight:
8. Why -- The Byrds
This is actually a cover by the Brit psych band Tomorrow, of "Excerpt From A Teenage Opera" fame. The Byrds themselves did like three different versions of this, but none of them are on YouTube at the moment. Great song, though, and the cover's not bad.
7. Where or When -- Dion and the Belmonts
The Rogers and Hart classic, given a gorgeous sort of doo-wop treatment. A lyrical two-fer, for my purposes, obviously.
6. Why Do I Cry -- The Remains
I'd forgotten that this figures in Superbad; funny to think of Judd Apatow as a garage rock fan. In any case, the live version -- from A Session with the Remains -- is better, but there's no video alas.
5. Where is My Mind -- James Blunt
Blunt goes neo-psych, and possibly the worst goddamn song I've ever heard. Included just to have something recorded in the 21st century, obviously.
4. Tell Me Why -- The Beatles
Swoon. Look for an adolescent Phil Collins in the cheap seats.
3. What's Happening?!?! -- The Byrds
Embedding disabled by request, but here's the link if you'd like to listen. My favorite track from Fifth Dimension; my crappy 70s band used to butcher it live with depressing regularity.
2. Tell Me What You See -- The Beatles
Possibly the best sort-of obscure Beatles song. From Beatles VI, which may be the greatest album ever made, despite the fact that it's not really part of the official canon blah blah blah.
And the number one Big W song, there's really no argument about this remotely possible so just shut the frick up, has to be --
1. Who Are You -- The Who
The whole self-referential thing, 'natch.
Awrighty then -- so what are your faves?
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